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Catch up on all of the latest respiratory healthcare news and events, updates from PCRS and the latest issue of our members' magazine, Primary Care Respiratory Update (PCRU).

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World Asthma Day

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We are pleased to launch a set of educational tools on supporting people with asthma in the 21st century to coincide with World Asthma Day (7th May). The suite of resources includes animations, podcasts and an online learning module - we will also host a webinar on the 15th May focused on the GINA approach to managing asthma.

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In light of recent media attention, it is important to consider the risks and benefits associated with prescribing and taking montelukast for asthma treatment.
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Doctors have reported a rise in the number of patients they are seeing with ill health due to the wider determinant
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In response to the BBC’s Morning Live segment broadcast 12th February on asthma, PCRS has formulated a joint response with the British Thoracic Society raising our concerns of t

Events and webinars

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The UK's leading respiratory conference for clinicians working primary, community and integrated care comes to Telford in September.

The PCRS Podcast

Listen to the advice of our clinical experts in our exclusive series of podcasts on topics such as diagnosis of asthma, tackling SABA over-reliance and the use of rescue packs.

The Primary Care Respiratory Update (PCRU)

PCRU is packed with useful features, clinical updates, educational updates, respiratory news, summaries of respiratory-related policy news and also featuring summaries of npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine and other respiratory related journal articles, this jam-packed update has everything for clinicians working with patients with respiratory illnesses in a primary or community care setting.


In this edition, we focus on COPD and revisit the 2017 PCRS consensus on COPD treatment titled 'Keeping it Simple.' The updated algorithm aligns with the latest GOLD and NICE guidance, and maintains a focus on patient-centred treatment grounded in evidence, medication optimisation, and continuous monitoring. The article highlights the ongoing evolution in COPD management while prioritising patient well-being within the ever-changing healthcare landscape.

This issue also features an article on COVID-19 which classifies individuals at a heightened risk of progressing to severe illness during the upcoming winter, presenting criteria for adults and children with different health conditions. It provides a thorough guide for addressing COVID-19 in primary and community care settings, covering assessment, management, and treatment options.

As we navigate the evolving landscape of respiratory care, this edition aims to inspire confidence in managing COPD, addressing COVID-19 concerns, and ultimately reflecting on the loss of Dr Iain Small who really was one in a million.

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